Award-winning stand-up comedian Jo Caulfield hits the road with her brand-new tour show.
Voted ‘Comedians’ Comedian of The Year 2022’, Jo is instantly recognisable, thanks to her numerous appearances on TV shows including Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The John Bishop Show, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Royal Variety Performance, and Richard Osman’s House of Games.
Nominated as “the best female Stand Up in the country” (Chortle) and “one of the Top 100 Comedians” (Channel 4), Jo is bringing her new tour show, Here Comes Trouble to The Lights on Saturday, 3 February. Get your tickets here: https://thelights.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/1173631845
Here Comes Trouble is a solid 90 minutes of razor-sharp observations and scandalous one-liners, as Jo gets her claws into everything (and everyone) that annoys her. From stories about arguing with strangers on trains and dealing with over enthusiastic supermarket staff, to trying to recapture the magic in a long-term relationship and “helping” a newly divorced friend get back into the dating game, this is pure stand-up, delivered with nothing more than a microphone and a bad attitude.
“My tour show is a collection of my favourite jokes from my last three Edinburgh Fringe shows and some brand-new material about what I’ve been up to since I was last on the road, so I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to get out there and tell these stories, and generally talk about everything that’s happened – and everything that’s currently annoying me. It’s my celebration of anger” says Jo.
Jo admits she was spoilt for choice when it came to choosing material when putting her tour show together, “it’s been really difficult getting the show down to just an hour and a half” says Jo “because so much has happened since my last tour, and I want to cover it all. I moved house, I wrote a book, and I won a comedy award. I’ve never been so busy”.
2023 was a particularly busy year for Jo, as in addition to her sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run and the new tour, her debut book, The Funny Thing About Death (published by Birlinn Polygon) was published in August. This hilarious, but touching, memoir explores Jo’s life with – and without – her older sister, author and comedy writer, Annie Caulfield. The book spans their relationship, their unconventional 1970s childhood and their shared love of music, boys and breaking the rules, to Annie’s cancer diagnosis six years ago at the start of Jo’s last nationwide tour.
The book began as a form of therapy for Jo, “I started out writing a few articles to help me get my head around Annie’s death, they sort of evolved into a few spoken word performances at a couple of events, and then once lockdown meant I was stuck at home instead of out gigging, I started to put those articles and scripts together and they gradually turned into the book. It took a couple of years – and several drafts – to get to the finished version; I’d always assumed writers were being dramatic when they said it took years to write a book, but it’s hard work!” says Jo.
All of Jo’s profits from The Funny Thing About Death will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support – a charity which Jo has already raised over £50,000 for through bucket collections at the end of her Fringe shows since 2017. There will be a chance to buy a copy of the book at the end of each tour show.